After listening to Keith Smart's post-game press conference Monday evening, I immediately recalled those famous commercials about Rolaids and relief. The Kings' victory against the Wizards in Washington, D.C., was an obvious tension-buster after what has been an emotionally draining time for many folks associated with the organization. Since it was announced that the Maloofs had sold majority interest to the Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer group in Seattle, the Kings dropped had four straight and appeared demoralized and distracted for large portions of the defeats.
Players and coaches aren't robots. Amid all the talk of sales and potential counter bids here in Sacramento, Smart hasn't gotten enough credit for keeping this group remotely together. After Isaiah Thomas' runner secured the victory over the Wizards, he appeared physically and emotionally drained. Understandably.